It’s Official: Army Opens All Jobs to Women

Opening all US Army positions to women has been in the works for some time now, but nothing official was announced until January 29 of this year. This will be a historic date, no doubt, as on this day Patrick Murphy, Acting Secretary of the Army, announced that a directive had been sent out that officially opens all military positions to female soldiers. This includes positions in the infantry, Special Forces, and Special Operations. Under Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s directive, there are to be “no exceptions” in any branch of service.

The US Army, in accordance with this directive, sent out a memo on January 29 that finally gives female soldiers an opportunity to try out for any job in the Army, even those once restricted to males only. In the memo, is the statement: “With the opening of all remaining positions in conventional force to women, the Army no longer has a separate policy for the assignment of female soldiers.”

To ensure that there was no confusion, Murphy spelled out the various positions that female soldiers are allowed to compete for. These included: tank gunners, infantry, artillery, cavalry scouts, and positions in the 1st Special Forces Command and the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Army WomenIn total, that accounts for over 125,300 conventional Army jobs as well as an additional 13,482 assignments that fall under the Army Special Operations Command. In addition, the directive will also cover National Guard components, and NG commanders have been ordered to begin carrying out the new rules within their commands.

In a related story, Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley, as well as the Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, recently said to lawmakers that they believe women should be required to register for the draft. US Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-California, and Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, have submitted a bill to the US House that would compel females to register for the draft just as males are required to do.

When announcing the bill, Rep. Hunter said: “If this administration wants to send 18- to 20-year-old women into combat, to serve and fight on the front lines, then the American people deserve to have this discussion through their elected representatives.” Hunter is a former Marine.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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